Too many wires: Prayut says he wants communication cables underground

Thailand's chaotic wiring | Stock photo by Ted McGrath for flickr

Wires throughout Thailand’s urban areas, haphazardly bunched and looped on posts, look like an electrician’s nightmare. Now, according to Thai media, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he wants that to change and is proposing that the National Telecommunications Commission work with relevant agencies to get communication lines underground.

Thai media points out that during actor Russell Crowe’s highly publicised trip to Thailand to film “Greatest Beer Run Ever” he made a post on Twitter that sparked critical comments from netizens over Thailand’s chaotic wiring.

Crowe had made so many positive Tweets during his trip that he was dubbed by Thai media as the country’s “accidental ambassador.” But in one photo he captioned “Bangkok dreaming” of the sky lined with wires, people shared their own photos of Thailand’s wiring, which were much more cluttered and disorganised.

The post drew so much attention that Thailand’s Metropolitan Electrical Authority checked if the wires were under its jurisdiction and released a statement saying that the wires in Crowe’s photo were communication lines, not electrical. The MEA went on to say that the authority is concerned about safety and asked the public to report if they see power lines that are damaged or not in a safe condition.

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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.